Urban Development & Design

MCG redevelopment, Jolimont railyards, Fed Square East, Jolimont rail corridor deck

MCG's decking proposal could be the catalyst for Fed Square East?

A topic which rears its head at least once a year is the decking of the Jolimont railyards as a means of providing a stronger connection between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River, while adding to the city's open space network. Announced during last week's sporting investment by the State Government was a $1b proposal to deck the rail corridor between the MCG and Melbourne Park, and unite the two halves of Melbourne's Sporting Precinct. The...

Southbank's Boyd Park moves a step closer

The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit. To facilitate the project, demolition of the former school building fronting Balston Street will need to occur allowing Council to upgrade the landscaping and expand the existing Boyd Community Hub into Kavanagh Street. The structure...

Comings and goings in Brunswick's engaged apartment market

Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West's respective apartment markets continue to steam along at pace, regardless of where the wider Melbourne apartment market is at. A handful of freshly completed apartment developments have been replaced by projects which have begun their construction phase, and a freshly launched development is adding further buyer choice to the market. The Finery is the area's latest release and is located across 267-...

500 Swanston Street off to VCAT - City of Melbourne provides conditional support

A 17-storey student housing building at 500 Swanston Street is off to VCAT after the applicant, Journal Property Limited, decided to appeal the matter after City of Melbourne council failed to make a decision within the requisite 60 statutory days. During its meeting on Tuesday night, the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee resolved that it would have issued a permit subject to conditions, had the appeal to VCAT not been...

Urban Affairs

Infrastructure Victoria releases new paper, initiatives to tackle congestion in the short term

Infrastructure Victoria has been busy devising a new swathe of advice for the state government, releasing its Five-year focus: immediate actions to tackle congestion paper today. Interestingly enough, the Herald Sun has chosen to portray the release of the paper as a plan, with its frontpage teaser on its website suggesting it's a plan that will get executed. Alas, as with anything Infrastructure Victoria does, it's more advice rather than...

Tram network scores a round of service frequency increases in new May timetable

Trams running down St. Kilda Road and routes to the north-west are set to be the beneficiary of service frequency increases when the new timetable comes online from Sunday 20th of May. Spring Street announced the service increases to coincide with the re-opening of the temporary Domain interchange tram stop which has just re-entered service after work to make way for the construction of the new Anzac metro station was completed. In some cases,...

More consolidation to come? Tullamarine buses acquired by CDC Victoria

Two weeks ago the Minister for Public Transport announced three companies which operate bus routes in Melbourne have signed on to new performance-based contracts. Ventura, Donric and CDC Victoria were announced as the three companies which signed on the dotted line for contracts which would "provide more flexibility to improve and expand services where they are needed most." Fast forward two weeks, CDC Victoria has announced it has acquired...

Clayton station re-opens, works continue at Rosanna

A part of the Eastern / Autumn school holiday construction blitz has come to a close with the re-opening of rail services to the newest of Melbourne's rebuilt stations in Clayton. The Minister for Public Transport has opened the new Clayton Station this morning marking the second of five new stations to re-open that are being rebuilt as part of the level crossing removal project between Caulfield and Dandenong. Clayton Road and Centre Road are...

Urban Industry

Spotlight on Warren and Mahoney with Nick Deans

Today Urban Melbourne turns the spotlight on Warren and Mahoney, an international architectural design practice based in Australia and New Zealand. With a 65-year history and a 300-strong team of outstanding talent, they’ve been recognised with more than 300 awards for work ranging from commercial developments to landmark public buildings. The design-led practice offers core services including architecture, interior design and workplace design...

Technē's Steve McKeag discusses his appointment as Director (and his favourite pubs)

Technē Architecture and Interior Design's move into larger premises on Rathdowne Street in Carlton has also coincided with the appointment of a new director to assist managing the office's growth. Steve McKeag joins founders Justin Northrop and Nick Travers, as the third director at the tightly knit studio, whose name and philosophy means ‘to make, poetically’. McKeag’s promotion from senior associate reflects strong growth at Technē, which has...

On site with Wulff Projects (Part 01) : Newry Street Richmond

Urban Melbourne was recently fortunate enough to go onsite at a number of Wulff Project developments currently under construction. One such project is a townhouse development previously covered on Urban Melbourne called Newry Street. Located on the corner of Newry and Canterbury Streets, in Richmond, the project is progressing well with an expected completion date of around mid-year. Making its mark on Newry Street The boutique development...

Beller Group's New Commercial Director Jeremy Gruzewski on 2018's commercial prospects

Real Estate Agency Beller recently appointed Jeremy Gruzewski as a Director, bringing with him 11 years of experience and knowledge as National Director Metro Market Auction and Investment Services at the highly respected Colliers International. Now part of the Beller Commercial team, Gruzewski sees market opportunity for developers who are now looking at commercial office developments due to the cooling of the inner-city residential market...